Prior to delivery of Cathay Pacific’s first A350-900, the new plane recently took to the skies over Toulouse, France to complete its maiden flight. The six hour test flight was conducted by an Airbus flight test team and was declared a success. This completion of the test flight marks a significant step towards taking delivery of the aircraft in late May 2016.
The new A350 aircraft offer the latest technologies and features, which should provide passengers with a more comfortable journey. A more natural pressure level will allow more humidity, better temperature and most importantly, better oxygen and less jet lag and swelling, should prove to be very popular with travellers.
The aircraft will have the remainder of its interiors installed, including new Business Class seats.
When it joins the fleet, Cathy Pacific’s maiden A350 aircraft will initially fly to six regional destinations before launching to long-haul destinations, including London Gatwick, in September 2016.
Amenity kits featuring a new design, inspired by passenger feedback, have been introduced for Cathay Pacific’s Business Class passengers on long haul flights. The new kit is an update of the 2015 kit created by Seventy Eight Percent, a Hong Kong based design company that creates high quality bags for globetrotting professionals. The new wash bag is now box shaped and features a zipper, which should fit passenger needs and expectations for reusability. The contents have also been updated, with mouthwash added back to the kit, after passenger feedback said that it was an essential item. Along with mouthwash, the Business Class amenity kits feature Jurlique Natural Lip Care Balm, Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream, Jurlique Citrus Hand Cream, anti-skid socks, eyeshade, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
Cathay Dragon, formed when Cathay Pacific Group aligned their two brands, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, debuted their new livery on 5 April 2016 when the first aircraft displaying this new livery took flight.
Cathay Dragon, which has been rated on Skytrax as the World’s Best Regional Airline for four years running, offers a network of flights from its Hong Kong hub to 53 of Asia’s best destinations, including 23 in Mainland China, Yangon and Ho Chi Minh City.